CMSWires Top 20 Hits of 2014 SharePoint

You've all heard of Ground Hog Day, right? Well, how about Ground Hog Year? Looking back at the SharePoint landscape over the past 12 months, that’s certainly what it looks like.

In 2013, the conversation was dominated by 1) SharePoint Online 2) SharePoint and Yammer and 3) SharePoint in Office 365. In 2014, the conversation was dominated by … well, you guessed it: 1) SharePoint Online 2) SharePoint and Yammer and 3) SharePoint in Office 365.

A Sample of Our Top Stories

However the emphasis is changing and SharePoint and the SharePoint market is mutating again. Office 365 is the rising sun to SharePoint on-premises’ setting sun, with one spectacular sunburst expected sometime later next year in the shape of a new, on-premises version of SharePoint — the last hurrah of the SharePoint on–premises saga.

1) Clearly a lot of you are looking at SharePoint migration with Christian Buckley’s 5 Steps for Building a SharePoint Migration Plan taking the top spot in this year’s list of must-read articles around SharePoint. Tweet to Christian Buckley.

Compared to previous versions, SharePoint 2013 has experienced a relatively slow adoption cycle as organizations paused to understand the impacts of the new release — and to understand, in many cases, their cloud strategies. Migrations to the latest version seem to now be increasing speed. 

2) CMSWire staff writer David Roe tackled the issue of Yammer in The Problem With Yammer? People Don't Use It and discovered that despite Microsoft’s hard sell, Yammer adoption is still pretty slow. Tweet to David Roe.

There are problems with Yammer. But the problem lies not with the product itself. According to David Lavenda, vice president of product strategy at, the real problem is that many people who have access to it just won’t use it — or any other social network for that matter.

3) One of the major issues facing enterprises over the year has been collaboration and whether they should use SharePoint for it. While there are many alternatives to SharePoint, Steven Pogrebivsky argues in OneDrive for Business Takes On SharePoint that Microsoft is not letting the grass grow and has pulled OneDrive for Business out of Office 365. Tweet to Steven Pogrebivsky.

Microsoft announced that OneDrive for Business is available as a standalone subscription service on March 3. This is good news for those who want the simplicity of Dropbox, but the security and control of Office 365. While some might see this as competition for the usual suspects in the file sharing space — Dropbox, Box, Google Drive — I think it's a possible alternative to another, namely, SharePoint.

4) One of the other issues being tossed around the SharePoint space is what the role of SharePoint is going to be in the future. For Lane Severson it's clear. In SharePoint is Already Legacy he said SharePoint is getting ready for its swan song. Tweet to Lane Severson.

SharePoint is already legacy. It was built in a world that needed a better enterprise solution for basic document management capabilities than the big enterprise content management ECM vendors were offering. And it spread like wildfire because it was easier to deploy and was more end-user focused than the large ECM tools.

5) Bill Ryan also tackled Yammer this year in Integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013: Navigating the Options. But this time it was about integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013, an increasingly important issue for companies that are using SharePoint and are looking to deploy Yammer as their new social layer. Tweet to Bill Ryan.

Yammer has become the most popular and widely deployed Enterprise Social Network and Microsoft has provided several paths for integration. This article will provide you with the various paths to integrating Yammer into your SharePoint 2013 environment and the steps to make it a reality.

6) Jennifer Mason headed to this year’s annual SharePoint conference in Las Vegas for SharePoint Conference Keynotes. There, Jared Spataro, general manager of Microsoft, stole the limelight with a short, concise outline of Microsoft’s new vision post-Steve Ballmer. Tweet to Jennifer Mason.

  1. We believe the future of work is all about working as a Network.
  2. We believe in personal insights that can be heard when you cut through the noise.
  3. We believe in the power of an open development platform and a robust ecosystem.
  4. We believe that the future of work is only possible when people can work anywhere on any device where organizations can still manage them securely.

These goals frame the future releases of products and services within Office365 and were the basis of all of the new technologies put on display during today’s keynote session.

7) One of the big hits of this year was a piece by Wendy Neal on 4 Common Reasons SharePoint Projects Fail. There are many possible reasons, but it always boils down to human inefficiencies rather than issues around technology. Tweet to Wendy Neal.

As a consultant I get to work with clients to help them roll out new installations of SharePoint or create new projects on top of existing implementations. I also get called in to help with existing SharePoint implementations that aren't being used. Either people didn't adopt it, the company did not get all their content and business processes created, or they just never rolled out the platform to the end users.

8) In SharePoint in the Clouds: Choosing Between Office 365 or Azure, Chris McNulty assessed the relative merits of Office 365 or Azure. Tweet to Chris McNulty.

Every time I read about “the cloud” I want to drag out a red pencil and edit the sentence. Why? Because we should really be talking about “the clouds,” plural. There are dozens of cloud hosting options for SharePoint, beyond Office 365. Amazon, Rackspace and Fpweb offer compelling alternatives to Microsoft’s public cloud for SharePoint online with a mix of capabilities: Office 365, or Azure.

9) For Christian Buckley in The Future of SharePoint and the Social Pivot the big question with SharePoint is how it is going to manage social. Tweet to Christian Buckley.

Without a doubt Microsoft’s social strategy was one of the major points of interest at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Social is rapidly becoming not just an add-on to our existing platforms, but also integral to how those platforms operate.

10) If by this stage, you haven’t been convinced, CMSWire’s David Roe once again took a look at the future of SharePoint and found that The Future of SharePoint is the Cloud. Tweet to David Roe.

It's not exactly groundbreaking, but Jim Murphy, a research director in Gartner's web and cloud group, thinks Microsoft is trying to lure its SharePoint users into the cloud, despite the number of enterprises that are still using it on-premises.

11) Joe Shepley argued in The SharePoint Information Governance Problem that without governance SharePoint or any other technology is not going to be much use to your enterprise. Tweet to Joe Shepley.

If you have any experience with SharePoint as a document management platform today, you know that most organizations struggle to use it effectively.

You’re also likely familiar with the negative impacts that typically result from using SharePoint ineffectively: a proliferation of sites, often on a proliferation of SharePoint versions, with no clear standards on what documents should (and shouldn’t) be stored there.

12) Wendy Neal’s second appearance in this year’s Top 20 this year was in Why You Should Never Upgrade SharePoint and argues that enterprises should go for migration rather than SharePoint upgrade. Tweet to Wendy Neal.

People tend to think that a SharePoint "upgrade" is as simple as installing the latest version of SharePoint on the server, and then the content and documents will automatically port over. This could not be further from the truth! I never use the term "upgrade" when speaking with clients about moving to the next version of SharePoint. The more relevant term is "migration." In my opinion, it is generally best to perform a clean install onto a new server and then selectively migrate the content over.

13) CMSWire’s Editor-in-Chief Noreen Seebacher asked in If You Dress SharePoint Differently, Is it Easier to Use? What would happen if SharePoint was easier to use than it actually is? Tweet to Noreen Seebacher.

What if there was a way to retain the functionality of SharePoint in a simplified package — to dress it, as it were, in different clothes? That's what Akumina claims it can do.

14) Any of the wheeling and dealing around SharePoint attracts a lot of attention like Dom Nicastro’s piece SharePoint Shakeup: Private Investor Acquires Metalogix. Tweet to Dom Nicastro.

Metalogix spent the latter half of 2013 buying out some SharePoint technology to boost its content infrastructure software suite. Permira Funds is spending time a year later buying Metalogix. The Menlo Park, Calif. international private equity firm announced today it acquired Metalogix, known for its suite of Microsoft management platforms that include SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365. 

15) In his March post Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Trigger the SharePoint Effect? Matt Mullen compared the rise of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing with what happened to SharePoint. Tweet to Matt Mullen.  

That Microsoft sees Dynamics Marketing as suitable for all and scalable for its largest customers is an approach that might be familiar to those who recall its entry into the ECM market in 2001 with SharePoint. Not many people outside of Microsoft would consider SharePoint — even in 2014 — in any regard "Best of Breed," yet data suggests that 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies have some SharePoint located somewhere in the organization.

16) In the run up to this year’s SharePoint conference, Chris Knight took a tongue-in-cheek look at the conference and why former president Bill Clinton was on the agenda in Chris Knight's  So Bill Clinton is a SharePoint Expert? Tweet to Chris Knight.

It's hard to think of former President Bill Clinton as a SharePoint geek. But Clinton is always full of surprises — whether it's a spur-of-the-moment trip to Burma or an appearance at the Golden Globes. So maybe his selection as the keynote speaker at SharePoint Conference 2014 isn't as random as it seems. Besides, conferences have long histories of selecting keynote speakers with little or no connection to the topics at hand.

17) In October, with migration in the air, Joelle Farley asked if Your Information Architecture Ready for SharePoint 2013? Tweet to Joelle Farley.

SharePoint Administrators will naturally focus on the infrastructure side of a migration to SharePoint 2013, but migration is also the perfect time to reevaluate your information architecture and prepare it for this new and improved version of SharePoint.

18) CMSWire’s Virginia Backaitis took a look at another announcement from the SharePoint conference, this time a joint project between EMC Syncplicity and SharePoint. Tweet to Virginia Backaitis

The EMC Syncplicity Connector for SharePoint will enable mobile content access and editing of SharePoint files. According to VP of Marketing, Jeff Schultz, this boils down to providing support for SharePoint accounts and for accessing the sites and document libraries that you are already authorized to access.

19) For those looking to move SharePoint to the cloud, Simon Langlois offered some timely advice in SharePoint in the Cloud; You Have Options. Tweet to Simon Langlois.

When it comes to hosting SharePoint on premises or moving it into the cloud, there is never one right answer. Companies need to understand every hosting option available to them and find the one that best fits their available resources and technical needs. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the available platforms and who might benefit most from each.

20) CMSWire's Tom Murphy took a look at whether Akumina Can Make SharePoint a Web CMS Contender. Tweet to Tom Murphy.

Akumina's sweet spot is building SharePoint sites that feature personalized and adaptive web experiences, Rogers said. Ideally, that means business-to-business sites with "softer" requirements when it comes to web experience management.